COUNTRY LIFE PROMOTION
Ston Easton Park is a Grade I listed building of 1739, within a classical landscape created by the great 18th Century landscape gardener, Humphry Repton. Ston Easton Park was once the home of the Hippisley family, whose family crest still adorns the ornate ceiling of the Saloon. The house has been sensitively restored since the 1960s, most notably by the distinguished former editor of The Times, William Rees-Mogg.
Within the house itself there is a fine collection of antiques and furniture. The Library, a lovely, almost square, room still contains its original mahogany bookcases. While the Saloon, once said to be the finest room in all of Somerset has in the centre of the ceiling, an ornamental oval containing ‘The Eagle of Jupiter’.
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An eerie story is behind the painting on the end wall in the Yellow Dining Room. The picture is of four servants of the house and rumour has it that the Housekeeper in the picture murdered the Stillroom Maid when she found her kissing the Bailiff. The murdered Stillroom maid is still said to walk the corridors of Ston Easton Park!
Guests love to explore the thirty acres of 18th Century parkland, which was created by Humphry Repton and more recently restored by the outstanding gardener, Penelope Hobhouse who, in the late 70s, was commissioned by the previous owners of Ston Easton Park to restore and redesign the kitchen garden into ‘compartment’ areas of interest.
At the same time, she designed the rose garden and the cutting garden which are still here today and are now being restored. Simply sit and listen to the soothing sound of the River Norr or thrill your senses with a stroll through the cutting garden, source of the fresh flowers at Ston Easton Park.
Head Gardener, Christin Dredge, along with the dedicated garden team, are constantly working to maintain and develop the grounds, including the Victorian Kitchen Garden, so that guests can continue to enjoy the fresh produce used in Head Chef, Matthew Butcher’s creative menus, and the freshly cut flowers used in the fabulous floral displays around the house, created by our by our inspirational Florist Jude.
The parkland at Ston Easton Park is now the only remaining Humphry Repton landscape in Somerset. His ‘Red Book’, a facsimile demonstrating his plans in ‘before’ and ‘after’ stages, illustrated in wonderful watercolours, can be found in the hotel reception.
Passing through the imposing gates and down the impressive tree-lined drive, one cannot but feel a delicious sense of anticipation – one that is amply rewarded by glimpses of a perfect Palladian mansion set in acres of immaculate parklands. Ston Easton Park is one of the West Country’s most desirable retreats – and yours for as long as you wish.
If you’re looking at luxury wedding hotels for your special day, Ston Easton Park is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and civil partnerships for between two and 120 people. This breathtaking Palladian mansion boasts a variety of wonderful rooms, each with their own features that make them perfect for weddings and receptions.
Your wedding is the most magical day of your life, and it is only right that every last detail should be perfect. Ston Easton Park is undoubtedly a superb setting, with its stunning architecture, beautiful grounds and unsurpassed standards all combining to make your wedding truly unique.
And it’s also perfect if you are looking for exclusive wedding venues, because we are pleased to be able to offer you sole use of the house and grounds for your special day.
Rooms are priced from just £150 per room per night for a two night break. For more information visit the Ston Easton website which has all the latest offers and further details or call 01761 241 631.